Sound Women is a network which encourages, supports and promotes women in UK radio.
UK radio is thriving; over 90% of people in Britain tune in every week. The sector employs around 23,000 people, half of whom are female. But women are under-represented on air and in promoted posts. Women, and radio, are losing out.
By working collaboratively with the industry and supporting its members, Sound Women’s purpose is to
- Help women get more out of working in radio
- Help the radio industry get more out of women
Sound Women has supporters across the industry
As well as having hundreds of members, Sound Women connects a network of over 1,000 women. They work in commercial and community radio, the BBC and independent production; some are involved in student radio or taking their first steps in the industry. And all roles are represented, including presentation and production, management, engineering, administration and digital skills.
Sound Women is supported by all the top radio companies including the BBC, Bauer Media Group and Global Radio as well as leading independent production companies such as Loftus Media, TBI and UBC Media. It’s also backed by Creative Skillset, Ofcom, RadioCentre and the Radio Academy.
We have already achieved a great deal
Since our launch in 2011, we have:
- Successfully campaigned for more women on air – the BBC now has a stated aim that, by the end of 2014, 50% of local stations will have a women presenting on their breakfast show
- Run training courses on topics such as driving a desk, building confidence, and returning to work after a period of not working
- Commissioned research which has been profiled in national press and on national radio
- Helped conference organisers across Europe to source more women speakers
- Run networking events from Glasgow to Bristol, enabling women to meet and learn from each other
- Set up and run a successful mentoring scheme for Sound Women members, and established the mentoring scheme for BBC local radio
We are ambitious for the future
Our first Sound Women Festival, in 2013, was a huge success. We want to run more events which will allow women across the UK radio industry to come together to learn, network and celebrate their achievements; we’ d like to collate and commission more research to demonstrate the importance and value of having more women in more senior posts.
Our mentoring scheme and training courses are always over-subscribed. We want to run more of them, particularly outside London.
By supporting Sound Women, you’ll be helping us continue to work with the radio industry to create more opportunities for women. You will become part of a welcoming and positive network which has already been recognised as a force for good.
If you’d like to find out more about becoming a member of Sound Women, go to Join Us